• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Josh Radnor
    In Theaters:
    Sep 14, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 18, 2012
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Liberal Arts Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The dialogue and relationships give "Liberal Arts" a warm if shallow glow.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2012


A comedy of vocational anxiety, dealing with the stress of not knowing what you will become, not recognising what you have become, and realising it's all behind you.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For a film about aging and romanticism, "Liberal Arts" feels like it needs a more mature script.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

October 25, 2012
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Besides the acting and original screenplay, the classical music score is another favorable component of the crowd-pleasing escapism offered by this film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 20, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... likeable in its unambitious way.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

The superb Olsen has the radiance of one of Eric Rohmer's young heroines and delivers a wonderfully naturalistic and unaffected performance.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

October 11, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Worth a close look.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 9, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The most intelligent, truthful movie about literature, higher education and the life of the mind since the Curtis Hanson film of Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys a dozen years ago.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 7, 2012
Damon Wise
Radio Times

An unexpected delight, dealing with intergenerational relationships in a funny and unusual way.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

"I echo you on Beethoven: wow!" Josh writes to Elizabeth. I paraphrase you on Liberal Arts, sir: yeugh!

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 1/5

October 7, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The real reward of Liberal Arts is Elizabeth Olsen. With her genuineness and depth, she is the film's defining presence.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B+

October 6, 2012
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Radnor sure has a lot of ideas for his gently diverting romantic comedy, but he hops from one to another without much depth or staying power, leaving you with a big "So what?" at the end.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

October 5, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There's a warmth here that reminds audiences why college -- and, dare we say, their core curriculums? -- matter.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Liberal Arts is fundamentally intelligent and perceptive about a world where everything, or nothing, seems to be equally possible and before life as we know it begins in earnest.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2012
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

I like Liberal Arts. It may be rough and unpolished, but Radnor shows promise as a filmmaker, telling an honest and insightful story that feels extremely authentic.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

October 4, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

This is an amiable, literate but prosaic U.S. indie movie.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Little White Lies

You'd do well to take the film's advice: read a book instead.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The script's musings on age, and on whether it is a tyranny, an irrelevance or both, form the subtle spine in a movie with a loose, louche, invertebrate-seeming charm.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 4, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Breezy and unobjectionable though Radnor's film is, it's a sign of his relative inexperience as a writer that everyone has to wind up telling us what they've learnt.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

Despite a misjudged ending, Liberal Arts is a decent, heart-on-the-sleeve movie; it pays its audience the compliment of treating us like intelligent people.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2012
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